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coronavirus. he posted this, and he said thanks to the helpers, and let's take care of ourselves and each other. him and rita wilson has been in isolation for a while. see you at 11:00. tonight, the d america new york city now shutting down. the states of largest school district in america new york city now shutting down. the states of california, ohio and illinois announcing they're closing down all bars in an attempt to slow the coronavirus' spread >> how long this order will be in effect, we don't frankly know >> as the number of cases in the u.s. hits a new mistone, hospitals across the country now pushed to the brink, some already running low on supplies. pushed to the brink, some chaos at the airports. gridlock as american passengers arrive from europe and underwent extra screening procedures jammed into crowded spaces for hours
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where are the tests? the white house linked today announcing a plan to begin drive through or walk through testing in certain hard-hit areas, but not all states yet and the dramatic move just taken to boost the economy and keeping the faith. the churches are empty, but the message is beamed out from sunday services across the country are still full of hope >> this is nbc nightly news with >> this is nbc nightly news with kate snow. >> good evening, on another day filled with head-spinning updates on the coronavirus, the white house late today laying out plans to increase testing, though not yet nationwide. ohio and illinois shutting down restaurants and bars today california closing bars and wineries and asking older residents to stay inside r residents to stay inside. new york's governor asking new york's governor asking for help opening more hospital facilities just in case as the largest public school district in the nation in new york city shuts its doors. we have many reports tonight along with perspective from our dr. john torres in the studio
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with me throughout the entire broadcast tonight. let's begin, though, with kathy park with the very latest. >> reporter: heightened states of emergency across the nation as the number of coronavirus cases soars above 3,000. tonight elected officials taking unprecedented measures to keep people safe. illinois, ohio, and massachusetts closing al bars and restaurants beginning tonight. california shutting down bars and wineries and asking those 65 and olderto self isolate. >> we recognize around the rest of the world that we need to meet the moment head on. >> reporter: new york city mayor bill deblasio closing all new york city public schools, affecting moaffect ing more than one million students starting tomorrow >> there is a real possibility that by closing our schools now we may not have the opportunity to reopen them in this full school year. >> reporter: puerto rico declaring a curfew, and closing all non-essential businesses and more than 40,000 residents and teens in new jersey ordered to self quarantine
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during this public health crisis, major retailers are going dark, bars and restaurants could be next in new york city. >> every option is on the table. this is a crisis that will be with us, first of all, i believe, at least six months. >> reporter: meantime, confusion leading to chaos at u.s. airports under the administration's european travel ban. lines stretching for hours in new york, dallas and chicago's o'hare beth candor described her 30 hour travel nightmare. >> it feltlike being in some sort of distopian novel because we didn't know if we were going to be quarantined or if in the nine hours that we had been in the air things are become so bad on the ground in the states that they didn't want us to get off the planes for a safety reason. >> they should have increased the customs and border patrol numbers and they should have increased the numbers of cdc personnel on the ground doing those checks they did neither of those. >> kathy joins me from jfk airport, kathy, the acting head of homeland security said the
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wait time is an average of 30 minutes from the white house what are you hearing >> reporter: well, kate, we just spoke with several people on the ground here. and because of the extra screening process that is in place, here at jfk, the wait time is still a minimum of two hours. kate >> right kathy park thank you. nbc medical correspondent dr. john torres is with us for the full half hour here answering crucial questions, also from our viewers, things that people asked us on social media. let's start with illinois, ohio closing down bars and restaurants. california closing wineries and bars the white house administration officials just said they'll give us more guidance nationally tomorrow about what to do. could we be looking at more closures or a mandate that all bars and restaurants pose -- close nationwide? >> in that same briefing, dr. fauci says everything is on the table, that includes closing things down nationwide, if the incomes start accelerating hopefully, they're making the movement to get it under control and flatten that curve if not, will you see more
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shutdowns. >> he said domestic travel is under consideration all right. thanks so much stay with us the main focus of that white house briefing was on testing for the coronavirus. the administration saying nearly 2 million tests will roll out over this week with more than 2,000 labs now analyzing results. those labs coming on line over the next four days kelly o'donnell reports. >> reporter: this working sunday marks the 11th white house briefing on coronavirus with new details on the availability of testing. >> we are now in a new phase of testing. we will have 1.9 million of these high through-put tests available this week. >> reporter: with scenes like these around the country, showing americans waiting for coronavirus screening, the trump administration called on major retailers to provide use o parking lot space to stage drive-through testing sites. >> we are using the full power of the federal government to defeat the coronavirus and we will do whatever it takes and we're doing i think really, really well.
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>> the worse is yet ahead for us it is how we respond to that challenge that is going to determine what the ultimate end point is going to be this window that we're in is going to be very important for us to stay ahead of this curve. >> reporter: friday in the rosen the rose garden, retail ceo says they are prepared to as garden, retail ceos said they are prepared to assist. >> so we have been asked to make portions of our parking lots available in select locations in the beginning and scaling over time as supply increases. >> reporter: new today, a white house message about your trip to the grocery store, where some shelves are bare >> there is no need for anybody in the country to hoard essential food supplies. they said to me, could you please tell them, just go and buy, enjoy it, have a nice dinner, relax. >> reporter: kelly is with us now from the white house kelly, there was also a big move today to help boost the economy. >> reporter: a stunning one, kate the federal reserve, the nation's central bank slashe its benchmark rate by a full point to nearly zero and pledged
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to buy nearly 700 and 200 billion in treasury and mortgage backed security to try to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus. that put a big smile on the president's face he often criticized the federal reserve. today he offered his congratulations. kate. >> kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you, kelly dr. john, the white house led us to believe yesterday today they would announce nationwide testing rolling out. it's not just that, it's in the states that are hardest hit. is that going help >> it's going to help. we're behind the curve a little bit. this would have helped two or three weeks ago. they're certainly making good movement and they need to continue that moment item to understand where the outbreaks are. >> all right the demand for medical care in the midst of this crisis being called an unprecedented challenge. hospitals are saying they're not ready, not enough equipment, or don't have enough personnel. one governor wants the military to step in eric mclaughlin has that part of the story. >> reporter: tonight in seattle, a healthcare system under strain. >> it's a new world for everybody, including people who
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work on the front lines. >> reporter: and across the country, concern hospitals in other cities aren't far behind >> it is going to be a wave. and it is going to be a wave that at any of these healthcare >> reporter: worried there is not enough staff, ventilators, projections, will overwhelm the healthcare system. >> reporter: worried there is not enough staff, ventilators, supplies, and beds for the sick. now growing calls for the military to help >> you are going to need more hospital capacity. you are going to need more facilities let's use that massive logistical machine of the military to actually save lives. >> reporter: a stark contrast to china, where entire hospitals to treat covid-19 were built in less than two weeks. here in the u.s., doctors and nurses contracting covid-19. in washington and new jersey, two er doctors in critical condition. >> i am concerned about getting sick >> you can't work if have you covid-19 >> correct
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and you can't work even if you have symptoms that might be mild covid-19 >> reporter: then there is the so-called worried well, people with minimal to no symptoms concerned they have covid-19, flooding the system. >> i think if you are worried, you should monitor your symptoms, try to make a phone call to your doctor's office you actually run the risk of doing more harm by showing up to the er if you are overall pretty well. >> reporter: tonight hospitals are at the front lines of covid-19, a virus that causes as much fear as it does sickness. erin mclaughlin, nbc news. dr. john, we got so many questions. but the most common one that we got today on social media when we asked is keke in pittsburgh and shannon in florida who said if someone contracted the virus, was quarantined, and it went its course and they recovered, are they going to get it again or are they now immune? >> they're now immune. they are not going to get it again, at least for the
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foreseeable future once you get it your body has fought it an they won't get it for the foreseeable future we think at least a year, if not more, possibly a lifetime of protection >> all right thank you. as cases of coronavirus rise, world wide, germany is now taking drastic measures to keep its citizens safe, closing borders as other european countries go into full lockdown. matt bradley has that story. >> reporter: in spain today, the order coming quite literally from on high ordering spaniards to isolate themselves for at least two weeks, while the wife of spain's prime minister just tested positive for the virus, spain just the latest country to impose a lockdown that now covers more than 100 million europeans with 2,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. germany tonight closing its borders with five of its neighbors. in france, parisians waking up to scenes of closed cafes, bars, movie theaters, quiet streets. just a few cars on the road. at least 5400 cases and 120
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deaths but great britain still resisting an italian-style lockdown, instead, considering one only for people over 70. in italy, the worst afflicted country after china, deaths surged to more than 368 in the first day, to more than 1800 in nearly 25,000 cases. the viral video shows a man wo local churches but te flipping through an seemingl endless obituary pages the pope leaving the vatican today to pray for the world at local churches but telling faithful to worship from home for easter holy week it's a sunday and st. peter's square should be filled with faithful but this is unprecedented in modern times rome a ghost town, shocking even native romans. >> i cannot remember a situation like this. it's out of something unreal >> reporter: but in this crisis, italians at their windows, singing in solidarity, showing the world, they're not alone.
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>> matt is in rome for us. matt, we want to know what your day to day is like while the city is in lockdown. >> reporter: kate, we moved into a rented apartment, because we need a kitchen to cook when we are out on the streets, the police, they stop us they ask what we are doing they ask for i.d they evan tell to us stand three feet apart from each other so, kate, this is a really strict situation >> all right matt bradley, stay safe, thank you. i want to bring dr. jen back in again. i will keep doing this to you. so nations in europe taking these drastic measures to really locking down whole countries in this country, we have local and state governments taking the lead and doing different things. it's a real patchwork. do public health officials wish it could be more of a national policy >> you are right our system is set up as patchwork facility preparedness experts say if we can get something unified, it will make things easier, we can make decisions quicker
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and implement things faster. >> thank you in the midst of all of this, the 2020 presidential campaign does continue tonight, joe biden and bernie sanders will meet in washington, d.c. for their first one-on-one debate. but without an audience as a precaution against the coronavirus. garrett haake has more from washington for us. what can we expect >> reporter: tonight's debate will be the first debate done not in front of a live audience in 60 years. expect to see front runner joe biden trying to be a unifying figure for all americans, including publicly bracing bankruptcy plan that had originally been put forward by his former rival, elizabeth warren bernie sanders will have a choice to make does he attack biden or try to focus on the issues he cares most about like medicare for all. expect both men to talk a great deal about the coronavirus crisis, itself, which has upended this campaign forcing normal political events all online this will be the last chance for voters in four states to get one more good look at these two candidates before they vote on tuesday. after that, things get a little bit more uncertain two states, louisiana and
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georgia, have already announced they're pushing their primaries back until later in the summer. kate >> garrett haake, thank you. still ahead tonight, schools across the country closed. we talk to parents trying to juggle child compare and their own job demands. we talk to parents trying to july child care and their own job demands.
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>> reporter: tonight as schools close from coast to coast, the precautionary move because of covid-19 forcing parents to figure out what comes next >> it's pretty frustrating and it's anxiety inducing. >> how are they going to do work how will they keep up? >> you know, it's kind of hard to try to figure it out. you know, it's kind of scary. >> reporter: at least 25 state-wide school closures have been issued impacting 27 million students, tonight facing mounting pressure from both teachers and parents, new york city public schools will close the nation's largest school system cities like los angeles and houston have already done the same. >> i am afraid that it will be longer than that unfortunately, i spent time, i don't know what we'll do -- at this time, i don't know what we will do. >> reporter: both andrea martinez and husband john work with three kids now out of public school, the concern is equal parts child care and school work. >> our schools don't push the online education so much so they're going to have to scramble and put something together. >> reporter: at houston's private episcopal high, students prep for a new kind of
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classroom, asking questions via webcam. >> really all you need is laptop and a wifi. >> yeah. >> is that easy? >> yeah, basically yeah. >> it's basically a school line, -- >> it is basically a school day, just all on line you go to all your classes in the same order,but you are just doing it via your computer. >> reporter: how long are you willing to go remote here? >> well, so we're able go remote virtually as long as we need to. >> reporter: until summertime. >> to the end of the semester to summer and beyond if we have to >> reporter: teachers are turning to programs, i-ready and google classroom, and zoom to keep kids on track >> if it goes on in the school year, we don't have things in place, we will have to figure things out >> reporter: a test for everyone now facing an uncertain future morgan chesky, nbc news, dallas. >> this hits home. my teenage remembers out tomorrow for at least two weeks. a lot of parents are wondering can kids go outside when they're home and have play dates >> getting outside is good for them because they get fresh air,
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as long as they practice that social distancing. play dates is the same thing, if they can keep smaller groups and get outside, that can help them and get them something to do >> have the play date outside rather than indoors. >> outside is better than indoors. >> dr. john, thank you coming up, how the cope with panic and anxiety a lot of people are feeling in this coronavirus crisis whoa, mara. i laugh like this. [ laughs obnoxiously ] it's just not my scene. -i couldn't help but over-- -do you like insurance? i love insurance. did you know you can save money bundling home and auto with progressive, and renters can bundle, too? i know, right? [ laughs ] [ singing continues ] why'd you stop? i was listening. [ microphone feedback ]
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for a lot of americans, the uncertainty of what's ahead with coronavirus is bringing understandable anxiety, even fear the that can obviously impact mental health. ann thompson has more what you can do to keep calm. >> it will get worse >> suspending all travel.
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>> it is going to get worse. >> reporter: america the anxious. >> the whole world i feel is shutting down right now. >> reporter: the unseen danger of coronavirus with invisible impact. >> i worry about the people in my life. >> i look at my 401k and i about have a heart attack. >> reporter: threatening our physical and mental health what makes this crisis different than others? >> with other crisis we knew there was a clear end point and the uncertainty is what's making this so scary. >> for those wit -- >> reporter: this psychiatrist says it's a triggering event for those with pre-existing conditions like anxiety. for others it fuels a loss of control. there seems to be a palpable sense of panic we see it in the panic buying in stores, one example. is this reasonable behavior? >> what we're finding is people feel that there is this sort of pervasive sense of danger and helplessness. >> reporter: even our traditional ways of coping and comforting are affected. many religious services suspended. large gatherings and
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celebrations banned. it's now social distancing instead of healing power of touch. isolation that can lead to loneliness, especially in the most vulnerable. it's a big concern for city meals in new york serving home bound seniors. >> you know, no hugs, hand shakes, and kisses right now it's all elbow work and greetings a little bit from afar. >> reporter: to fend off despair, the doctor recommends movement, exercise, and deep breathing. mindfulness. being calm and aware of your emotions meaningful engagement, staying connected with facetime, calls, and even writing letters to loved ones >> we also need to realize there is a role for healthy escapism there is nothing wrong with taking 15 to 30 minutes out and watching your favorite taped show snoor to stay healthy and uncertain times. >> doctor, renee on facebook aske can i open windows and let fresh air in which a lot of people would like right now.
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or if you've had tb, hepatitis b or c, or are prone to infections. don't let another morning go by without asking your doctor about xeljanz xr. there's good news tonight about keeping the faith in uncertain times. this weekend, a lot of houses of worship made adjustments to make sure followers can keep connected. kerry sanders has the story. >> reporter: today america prayed but across the nation houses of worship were empty, from megachurches. >> i know this we will continue to give you our services each and every week. >> reporter: to st. patrick's cathedral. >> we especially welcome what we
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presume to be an exceptionally large crowd of people in union with us. >> reporter: the faithful tuning in online to avoid being inline. at discovery church in orlando, pastor don cousins usually preaches to a congregation of 4,000. >> is in a weird way everything that's happening, even though everything is happening here, is this a hopeful time? >> i think it's a great challenge for us and people of faith, we have an opportunity to show the world around us that our faith in god makes a difference. ♪ >> reporter: and in daytona beach, this morning, a church unintentionally designed for social distancing. the drive-in christian church began holding services at this drive-in movie theater in 1953 >> praise be to god who gathers us together this morning.
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>> reporter: for the new church goer >> reporter: for the new churchgoers here today, this was a solution to a problem. i am standing back to give you a little space your faith right now, why is it important? without spreading disease. kerry sanders, nbc news, daytona beach. >> because i believe it is necessary because there is so much unnecessary fear. >> reporter: new ways of spreading the gospel without spreading disease. kerry sanders, nbc news, daytona beach. >> i love the drive-in by the way, we got so many viewer questions about coronavirus, dr. john torres will answer as many as we can on facebook.com/nbc nightlynews that is "nightly news" for this sunday lester holt will be with you tomorrow i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night
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test. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. one thing is clear, life in california and across the country won't be returning to normal in the near future. more than a half-hour ago, the cdc urged all of us to avoid any gathering of 50 or more people for at least the next eight weeks. that impacts sporting events, concerts, you can imagine, much more than that. we have a team of reporters he covering this foyer. the governor issuing new restrictions in california today as well. >> reporter: absolutely. the governor said the number of people with

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